Bob Saget, a stand-up comedian and actor beloved for his role as Danny Tanner on the 1990s US sitcom Full House has died suddenly aged 65, his family has announced.

The actor was pronounced dead at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Orlando, Florida on Sunday after he was found unresponsive in his room by staff.

The exact details surrounding his death remain unclear.

In a short statement shared on Twitter, the Orange County Sheriff's Department said that detectives had found no signs of foul play or drug use during initial enquiries.

"We are devastated to confirm that our beloved Bob passed away today," his family said in a statement.

"He was everything to us and we want you to know how much he loved his fans, performing live and bringing people from all walks of life together with laughter."

Bob Saget (left) played widower Danny Tanner on Full House, the father of three girls, from left: Michelle (played by twins Mary Kate/Ashley Olsen), Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) and D.J. (Candace Cameron), with the girls' Uncle Jesse (John Stamos, centre) and friend, Joey Gladstone (Dave Coulier) who moved in to help raise them

Saget had just begun his new 2022 stand up tour and had earlier tweeted about his show in Jacksonville, expressing his delight at being back performing.

"Loved tonight’s show @PV_ConcertHall in Jacksonville. Appreciative audience," he tweeted.

"Thanks again to @RealTimWilkins for opening.

"I had no idea I did a 2 hr set tonight. I’m happily addicted again to this s**t."

Paying tribute to the comedian on Twitter, US TV host Whoopi Goldberg said: "Sail on my friend Bob Saget with your huge heart and abject lunacy.

"My condolences to his daughters & other family."

Fellow Full House star John Stamos tweeted: "I am broken. I am gutted. I am in complete and utter shock. I will never ever have another friend like him. I love you so much Bobby."

Comedy veteran Steve Martin also responded to the news of Saget's death, tweeting: "Sad day for comedy world".

US actor Seth Green wrote: "Damn it @bobsaget you left your body.

"I'll forever celebrate your genius, your giant heart, and joy for life.

"Thank you for helping me through the inevitable sadness of life with comedy.

"At least now you can hang with Rodney & Don again. Love you forever."

Star Trek actor George Takei said that "America's Dad" Bog Saget, had been a "regular presence" in his household.

"Deeply saddened to learn of the untimely passing of comedian Bob Saget," he said.

"Beloved by millions as America’s Dad, he was a regular presence in our living rooms, bringing to us the funniest videos and countless belly laughs.

"Gone too soon, like so many of the brightest souls".

British comedian and Great British Bake Off host Matt Lucas paid tribute to Saget as a "magnificently naughty comedian."

"In terrible shock of the horrible news of Bob Saget’s sudden passing," Lucas wrote on Twitter.

"He was a warm, kind, humble man and a magnificently naughty comedian, always treading the line so deftly.

"He will be greatly missed."

Jim Carrey added his voice to the wealth of tributes, writing on Twitter: "Beautiful Bob Saget passed away today at 65. He had a big, big heart and a wonderfully warped comic mind. He gave the world a lot of joy and lived his life for goodness' sake."

Source: Press Association